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5.- Genetic Flaws in Cloned Animals



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The UK Independent carried an article on 30 April about French research at INRA, reported in The Lancet, about the identification of long-lasting defects associated with somatic cell cloning.
I have not seen the Lancet research but the newpaper reports that a cloned calf which had developed normally for six weeks suffered severe anaemia and died because of incomplete development of the lymph glands.
The calf's parent was itself a "healthy" clone so the conclusion is that the defect came from the nuclear transfer process.


Steve Emmott
Policy Advisor-Genetic Engineering
Green Group in the European Parliament
1047 Brussels

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